When do I need a building permit?

Permits are required for additions, decks, porches, finishing basements, replacing doors & windows of different sizes, interior renovations or repair that include structural modifications, demolition work, accessory structures, swimming pools and re-siding. All HVAC systems require permits, including all gas appliances & equipment, wood stoves, etc. A building permit and/or a zoning permit may be required when a building use is changed.

Separate plumbing and electrical systems permits are required for the installation, alteration, relocation, replacement, or addition to any wiring, piping, or equipment or appliances associated with those systems.

Electrical permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Electrical Board (701) 499-1549. 

Plumbing permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Plumbing Board (701) 799-1555. 

Permits are not required to paint a house (interior or exterior), hang wallpaper, replace cabinets and do similar finish work. Permits are also not required to build an accessory building having a floor area of 120 square feet or less, install concrete sidewalks and patios entirely on your property. Finally, permits are not required to insulate an existing building where no structural changes are made.

If you have questions about whether you need a permit for the project you have in mind or to see if it meets zoning requirements, contact the Building department.

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1. How do I request City water or sewer services to be installed at my property?
2. What should I do if I have a drainage problem in my backyard?
3. Where is the City Engineer located?
4. What is a Renaissance Zone?
5. What is an appraisal and why does the City of West Fargo do it?
6. When do I need a building permit?
7. Why do I need a building permit?
8. How do I apply for a building permit?
9. Are permits required for swimming pools?
10. How do I find out how big of a shed/garage I can build on my property?
11. Do I need a permit to install, replace or make addition to HVAC equipment?
12. Am I able to install my own HVAC equipment?
13. How can I find out if I am located in the flood plain?
14. Are there informational guidelines available for various types of construction/remodeling projects?
15. Who inspects the work?
16. What information should I provide when applying for a permit?
17. Can I supply my own drawings for a building permit?
18. How long does it take to get a building permit?
19. Is there a charge for a building permit?
20. How can I get more information?